Herodotus, the Greek philosopher, said, “Adversity has the effect of drawing out strength and qualities of a man that would have lain dormant in its absence.” Every challenge, every difficulty we successfully confront in life serves to reinforce our will, confidence and ability to conquer future obstacles we will face on our journey.
No one is immune to adversity. We each have our own journey in life and adversity has played a role in developing our character and charted the course we have taken in our lives. Adversities, obstacles are how we grow. What we can do is accept that adversity is part of life and it is inevitable. To avoid it, deny it, will only make the adversity linger in our lives. If your perception of adversity is “whoa is me” and everything brings you down, you will wallow in the self pity of adversity and never embrace its message and lesson.
So how do we embrace adversity? How do we change our game when it comes to dealing with adversity?
Get Strong and Have Faith: While there is calm in the storm, put the work in on you to cultivating emotional faith, courage and strength. When you are prepared to handle come what may, you are better equipped to deal with the challenges you will face. Think of it as if you are warrior preparing for battle. Be physically and mentally fit as well as emotionally charged to take on the situation that may arise. And keep in mind, when you’re prepared for the worst, the worst never happens, and much of the time, it’s much less severe than you could have imagined.
Get By With A Little Help From Your Friends: When the going gets tough, we all need encouragement and support. We all can get by with a little help from our friends. We need to create a support system that will be there to guide us through the adversity – not co-dependent but friends who will be there when the chips are down to give us the leg up in support we need at the right time. You may find out you are not alone, everyone has a story and most can relate to your issues. There is comfort knowing you are not the first to meet the challenge you are facing.
Build Your Resilience: That which does not kill you doesn’t always make you stronger as the saying goes, but if you haven’t had practice working on your resilience, adversity can push to you the brink. Resilience is a muscle we have constantly practice. If we don’t, we will never the ability rise above our challenges. If we do not have the ability to preserve through our troubled times, we will never know the glory that awaits us on the other side.
Been there, done that and got the t-shirt: As I said, most everyone has a story. There are many inspiring stories of people who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to triumph over adversity.
We all have a story of adversity. Maybe yours is facing your fear or perhaps even illness or financial loss. We can triumph over adversity with determination, resilience, and persistence to to push past our adversities and prevail.